Big Fish essay - Daniel Ulf ENG 101 When I first think of a...

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Daniel Ulf ENG 101 When I first think of a novel my idea is a basic book with a fictitious story and a set of characters. At first glance it looked like an average paperback, but on the cover it makes a generalization. Daniel Wallace calls this novel, “a novel of mythic proportions”. I didn’t exactly know what that meant at first but after going ahead and reading a few chapters I think the “mythic proportions” is associated to the way in which the story was written. The style in which this book was written makes a certain statement. The statement is that this is the one novel that cannot be imitated. The reason “Big Fish” cannot be imitated is because it has many factors that make it unique. The novel “Big Fish” by Daniel Wallace is one if of, if not the most unorthodox books I have ever read. The structure itself is a factor that adds to the sparkle of “Big Fish”. There is no Chapter 1-20, there are three sections in the book with stories as short as one page that resemble a chapter. The story is never really in order; it goes back from the past to the present and vice versa. There is one exception in the story in which there are three different versions of one of the stories in “Big Fish”. In the scene describing Edwards’ death, each take is different. There is no clear beginning, middle, or end
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course ENGL 101 taught by Professor Price,rayne during the Spring '08 term at Salisbury University.

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